With mischief on her mind, my 20-month-old climbs onto the couch and perches herself precariously on the highest and most dangerous spot she can find. She gives me a cheeky grin. She knows she’s up to no good.
Meanwhile, her almost-four-year-old sister starts to panic. She would never have dreamed of doing this as a toddler.
‘Mummy, she’s up to mis-fish (mischief) again,’ she tells me.
‘Get down from there you naughty little monkey, you will hurt yourself.
‘Mummy, get her down!’ she orders me.
It never ceases to amaze me how different our two girls are. How is it that two girls from the same parents, raised in the exact same way, can have such different personalities?
Curly-locks our almost four-year-old is sensitive, shy, cautious, sometimes anxious, nurturing and considerate. She is deeply imaginative spending large portions of her day talking to her imaginary friends or acting out scenes from Frozen. She is content quietly reading in her room or sitting with me practicing her flash cards.
While we’re still discovering who our toddler Smiley is as she begins to interact with us more verbally, I can tell she will be the wild child of the family. I can see her adrenalin junkie Kiwi genes shining through as she attempts to base jump off anything and everything.
While her sister is cautious, she is curious. While her sister becomes anxious on daycare drop offs, she doesn’t bat an eyelid. She is strong-willed, determined and exceptionally affectionate.
I love watching their personalities unfold a little more each day as I ponder over who they get their traits from and how much is simply born into them.
When I worked at the Brisbane Pregnancy, Babies & Children’s Expo recently, I was lucky enough to meet a lovely lady Narelle who creates personalised child-personality e-booklets.
The My Little Character booklets provide great insight into your child’s personality and aim to help you better understand and bond with your child, make learning easy, and help you to discover and encourage their special talents.
The most fascinating thing about these booklets is that they are based on birth data.
Narelle takes your child’s name, birth date, birth time and birthplace to put together for you a personalised e-booklet (approximately 20 pages) about your child.
As I read through Curly-locks’ booklet, I was amazed at how spot on some of the information was. The booklet told me Curly-locks finds comfort in familiarity, she is shy and sensitive, she lives in a world of her own and she likes her room in order. The booklet seemed to be a true reflection of her and a good insight into her personality.
I love the idea of parenting according to personality type and I think these books will help steer us in the right direction with helping their unique personalities grow.
Narelle is kindly extending her Expo special for Mummy, Wife, Me readers until midnight on Sunday, 6 July. Order here to get $10 off a My Little Character e-booklet.
Mummy, Wife, Me received an e-booklet for both of her children for the purpose of this review. No financial compensation was received and all opinions are my own.